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  • List of Tables ix

    List of Illustrations xi

    Acknowledgments xiv

    Editors' Introduction 3

    Author's Preface 35

    Part I The Normal Woman

    1 The Female in the Animal World 41

    2 Anatomy and Biology of Woman 46

    3 Senses and Psyche of Woman 58

    4 Cruelty, Compassion, and Maternity 65

    5 Love 73

    6 The Moral Sense 77

    7 Intelligence 82

    Part II Female Criminology

    8 Crime in the Animal Wlorld 91

    9 Crimes of Savage and Primitive Women 95

    10 The History of Prostitution 100

    Part III Pathological Anatiomy and Antrhpopmetry of Criminal Woman and the Prostitute

    11 The Skull of the Female Offender 107

    12 Pathological Anomalies 114

    13 The Brains of Female Criminals and Prostitutes 118

    14 Anthropometry of Female Criminals 121

    15 Facial and Cephalic Anomalies of Female Criminals and Prostitutes 127

    16 Other Anomalies 131

    17 Photographs of Criminals and Prostitutes 135

    18 the Criminal Type in women and Its Atavistic Origin 144

    19 Tatoos 151

    Part IV Biology and Psychology of Female Criminals and Prostitues

    20 Menstruation, Fecundity, Vitality, Strength, and Reflexes 159

    21 Acuteness of Sense and Vision 165

    22 Sexual Sensitivity (Lesbianism and Sexual Psychopathy) 171

    23 The Female Born Criminal 182

    24 Occasional Criminals 193

    25 Crims of Passion 201

    26 Suicides 209

    27 The Born Prisotiute 213

    28 The Occasional Prostitute 222

    29 Insane Criminals 227

    30 Epileptic Criminals and the Morally Insane 231

    31 Hysterical Criminals 234

    Appendix 1: Comparing Three Editions of La donna delinquente 241

    Appendix 2: Illustrations in the Earlier Editions 256

    Notes 259

    Glossary 285

    References 291

    Index 297
  • “Cesare Lombroso created the field of criminology, but there has been a lack of available textbooks making his arguments accessible to today’s students of history, law, and sociology. This volume fills that void. Offering work previously not translated along with a scholarly introduction and new visual evidence, it reveals Lombroso’s argument without distorting the peculiar and genuinely contradictory character of his reasoning.”—Peter Becker, European University Institute — N/A

    “Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman is a major publishing landmark in criminology. Nicole Hahn Rafter and Mary Gibson have achieved a remarkable feat in translating this pivotal work and presenting it for scholars to study in a well-edited text. It gives new insights into positivism and the history of the subject. It will be required reading for anyone interested in developments in the field. It may even lead to new evaluations of Lombroso’s contribution, not least by feminist scholars.”—Frances Heidensohn, Goldsmiths College, University of London — N/A

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    Cesare Lombroso is widely considered the founder of the field of criminology. His theory of the “born” criminal dominated discussions of criminology in Europe and the Americas from the 1880s into the early twentieth century. His book, La donna delinquente, originally published in Italian in 1893, was the first and most influential book ever written on women and crime. This comprehensive new translation gives readers a full view of his landmark work.

    Lombroso’s research took him to police stations, prisons, and madhouses where he studied the tattoos, cranial capacities, and sexual behavior of criminals and prostitutes to establish a female criminal type. Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman anticipated today’s theories of genetic criminal behavior. Lombroso used Darwinian evolutionary science to argue that criminal women are far more cunning and dangerous than criminal men. Designed to make his original text accessible to students and scholars alike, this volume includes extensive notes, appendices, a glossary, and more than thirty of Lombroso’s own illustrations. Nicole Hahn Rafter and Mary Gibson’s introduction, locating his theory in social context, offers a significant new interpretation of Lombroso’s place in criminology.

    About The Author(s)

    Cesare Lombroso (1835–1909), an internationally famous physician and criminologist, wrote extensively about jurisprudence, psychiatry, human sexuality, and the causes of crime.

    As a young law student, Guglielmo Ferrero (1871–1942) assisted Lombroso with research.

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